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Beaded Bead Necklace

Beaded bead necklace. Beadweaving - seed beads, pearls, tila beads, and semi precious rounds.

Beaded bead necklace by Rose Rushbrooke

Back in 2012 Beadwork magazine celebrated their 15th anniversary by presenting a challenge. They offered 4 months of beaded bead patterns and we had to come up with our own colour choices and design a piece of jewelry using the beads. The original piece I created was VASTLY too complicated and was basically a mash up of a needlecase necklace and this beaded bead necklace.

Eventually the penny dropped and I realised I needed to simplify the necklace – which I did – and it’s a better piece for the reduction.

Made with seed beads, pearls, tila beads, and semi precious rounds. The chain is in herringbone stitch and woven with cobalt delicas. I love the contrast of the bright blue with the warm browns and creams of the beads.

Here are close ups of the individual beads:

Beadweaving - seed beads and semi precious rounds. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke.

Beaded bead 4 by Rose Rushbrooke

Beaded bead 3 - seed beads, pearls, and semi precious rounds. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke

Beaded bead 3 by Rose Rushbrooke

Beaded bead 2 - seed and tila beads. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke

Beaded bead 2 by Rose Rushbrooke

Beaded bead 1 - seed beads and a crystal center. Image copyright © Rose Rushbrooke

Beaded bead 1 by Rose Rushbrooke

I didn’t win a place, not surprisingly seeing as the original necklace was totally over-worked, but in its simpler version I bet I would have!

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Sheep’s Eyes Beaded Beads

Sheep's Eyes beaded beads

Sheep’s Eyes beaded beads

These beaded beads took a long time. Three is quite enough!

Sheep's Eyes fractal art quilt

Sheep’s Eyes fractal art quilt

They are inspired by the fractal quilt Sheep’s Eyes. The colours are pulled directly from the quilt and the circular theme fits round beads perfectly.

They are done in freeform peyote stitch around a 25mm wooden bead. I found all sorts of shapes I could use – seed beads of various sizes, crystals, and bugle beads.

I love trying anything once, and I loved the look of these beaded beads. But it was a bit mind boggling creeping around the bead finding suitable shapes and sizes to fit in the spaces.

Sheep's Eyes beaded beads - alternate view

Sheep’s Eyes beaded beads – alternate view

Here’s another view of the beads from a different angle. They are strung on a black leather cord – but a blue silk cord would look good too.